Catholic Church official concerned over new tax bill

August 5, 2016 by  
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New Delhi, August 5, 2016: Church officials have expressed concern over India passing a new law to unify its tax system, saying they want it to be implemented without burdening the millions of poor in the county.

Most reforms consider the rich and mostly are in their favor. The needs and concerns of the poor are not considered. That is the concern,” said Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.

The Upper House of Indian Parliament on Aug. 3 passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill after political parties and state governments agreed on its terms in wide discussions and debates in parliament and outside for over eight years.

The law, which aims to implement a comprehensive tax on goods and services, replaces separate taxes levied by the federal and state governments. The law facilitates a single common national market and needed a constitutional amendment to pass in parliament.

Bishop Mascarenhas told ucanews that church leaders are concerned as to “what taxes will continue and what will merge” after the bill is implemented.

Experts in the government claim the new bill will make commodities cheaper but “we don’t believe that unless we see it on the ground level” the bishop said.

“We don’t believe in any political party as far as public money is concerned,” he said adding, “our main concern is that the poor may not suffer” because of this bill.

Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi said in a statement he is “seriously concerned about its implementation and its consequences on the poor sections of the society.”

Media discussions say the bill will help industry and exports besides helping the government widen its tax network and simplify the tax payment process and documentation.

Government data shows only 1 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people pay income tax to the government, while everyone including the poorest, who buy essential commodities, are paying tax some times up to 20 percent.

Experts agree that while a unified tax is a common phenomenon in most developed countries, they are unsure how it will play out in the market of India, where 180 million people live in poverty, not having even one full meal a day.

Archbishop Couto said he wants the “government not to burden the poor with additional taxes and to work out strategies and policies to make essential commodities affordable to the poor.”

Jesuit Father Denzil Fernandes, executive director of Indian Social Institute said “the impact of the bill will be more on the poor than the rich because commodities that are cheap for the rich, is not what poor buy.”

He said that bill is said to make products like automobile and restaurant food cheaper, which are not the concern of the poor. Hence “the bill is more pro-rich than the poor,” he said.

The bill has to pass a few more steps to become a law. It must be passed in the Lower House and then must be ratified by more than half of the 29 states in the country. When that is done, it has to be signed by the Indian president to become law.

However, these steps are seen as mere formalities as the critical issues such as tax rates have already been debated and agreed upon.

– ucan

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4 Responses to “Catholic Church official concerned over new tax bill”
  1. SHASHI MINZ says:

    WE ARE INDEED IN THE BEST OF TIMES AND THE WORST OF TIMES AS SAYS THE OPENING LINES OF THE TALE OF TWO CITIES BY CHARLES DICKENS . THE WORDS RESOUNDING IN OUR EARS ARE GIVE THEM CAKES IF YOU CANT GIVE THEM BREAD .NOW WHO BAKES THOSE CAKES AND WHO EATS BREAD . MADE OUT OF IMPORTED WHEAT FROM EGYPT GROWN ON THE RIVER NILE WHICH HAS SEEN CENTURIES OF BLOOD BATH AND THE REMAINS OF THOSE INTERNED IN THE PYRAMIDS MADE BY THE POOR ISREALITES WHOM MOSES GOT BORN TO LIBERATE FROM OPPRESSION , INJUSTICE AND POVERTY CAUSING LEPROSY TO THE POPULATION THEN .WITH GST COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY WITH OR WITHOUT THE AMENDMENTS IN THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION SHALL ONLY BRING ABOUT MORE INEQUALITIES AND MORE AVARACIOUSNESS AND MORE HOARDINGS BY THE POWERS THAT BE WHO DO NOT HAVE A CONSCIENCE .E VEN TODAY THE TAXMAN HAS TO CONTEND WITH CENVAT CREDIT TAKEN WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION AND GENERATING FALSE INVOICES NOT VERIFIABLE EITHER DUE TO LACK OF STAFF DUE TO NON RECRUITMENT OF PEOPLE IN THE C CADRE . WELL COMPUTERS HAVE NOT MADE MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE .BECAUSE AFTER ALL IT IS THE HUMAN HANDS AND HE HUMAN MIND THAT IS GOING TO MANIPULATE THE RECORDS FOR THE AIM IS TO HOARD AND SAVE ABROAD FOR GENERATIONS TO BE ENJOYED BY CHILDEREN RENDERED AIMLESS DUE TO LACK OF WORKING AND EARNING BY THE SWEAT OF THEIR BROW .IMAGINE THE EFFICACY OF OUR MEDICAL FRATERNITY WHO HAVE INITIATED THE LEAKAGE OF QUESTION PAPERS FOR SELECTION PROCEEDURE OF CANDIDATES FOR 80 LACKS AND ABOVE . HOW ON EARTH IS GST TO BE IMPLEMENTED WHEN THE VERY STRUCTURE OF SHARING AND GENEROSITY IS MISSING IN OUR VALUES SYSTEM . THE COUPLES WHO USED TO VISIT THE POVERT STRICKEN PARTS OF OUR VERY INDIA EVERY YEAR CAME TO SEE NOT HOW THE MONEY WAS BEING UTILISED BY THE RECEIVERS OF THE DONATIONS THAT WOULD GO TO BUILD THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS

    • SHASHI MINZ says:

      BUT TO ENSURE HOW CAN THEY BE OF HELP TO MORE FOR TOILETS TO BE MADE BESIDES THEIR KITCHEN .THEY HAD SAVED THE MONEY FROM THEIR HOMES WHICH HAD EIGHT ROOMS AND THEY USED AIRCONDITIONING OR THE CENTRALISED HEATING SYSTEM ONLY FOR THREE ROOMS AND THE EXPENDITURE SAVED FROM THE IR SACRIFICE WOULD GO INTO THE BUILDING OF SEVENTY HOUSEHOLDS IN OUR VERY OWN INDIA , DESPITE THE KYOTO PROTOCOL NOT SIGNED BY THEIR COUNTRY .SEE THE DIFFERENCE ONE FAMILY CAN MAKE FOR THE OTHER ACROSS SEVEN SEAS AND HOW MUCH OF THE TAXPAYERS MONEY GOES TO EDUCATE OUR BUREAUCRACY IN THESE VERY GREAT INSTITUTIONS BUT TO NO AVAIL ,. UNLESS AND UNTILL WE HAVE THE PSALM OF DAVID THE FIRST KING OF ISRAEL WRITTEN IN THE HEARTS OF THE FELLOW MEN UNTIL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH WE CANNOT EXPECT THE GOODS AND SERVICE TAX TO BE EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTED IN OUR COUNTRY .

  2. SHASHI MINZ says:

    LIBERTY EQUALTY, AND FRATERNITY IS THE SAME AS OUR SATYA MEYVA JAYATE AND THE LINES GOVERNTMENT WORK IS GODS WORK ARE ONLY PLATITUDES WHICH HAVE CEASED TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON OUR SOCIETY . THIS JARGON HAS HAD NO MEANING WHATSOVER , IN THE VOCABULARY OF THE YOUTH OF THIS GENERATION . REASON BEING LACK OF SENSITIVITY OF VALUE SYSTEM AND THE FALSE BELIEF THAT THEY ARE KNOWLEGDEABLE OF EVERYTHING THANKS TO OUR INTERNET . CULTURE ..I WOULD POSITIVELY LIKE TO ENSURE JUSTICE EVEN TO THE SERVANTS IN MY OWN HOSEHOLD AND GIVE THEM THEIR DUE . THE STATE OF ISRAEL IS A SYMBOL OF OUR FUTURE SURVIVAL THE BATTLE AGAINST THE EVIL OF THE VIRTUAL WORLD AND THE NETHERWORLD IS ONLY WITH THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD . DIALOGUING SHALL ONLY HELP BUT HOW VALUABLE AND USEFUL HAS IT BEEN AS THE TIME IS RUNNING OUT …..PRAYERS ONLY CAN RENDER ALL TO A NAUGHT IF AND WHEN THE ANGELS OF THE LIVING GOD CAN HELP CONTAIN THE GREED FOR MAMMON OVER LOVE FOR GOD .GO AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TILL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH NOT WASTE YOUR TIME BUILDING INSTITUTIONS WHICH HAVE NO USE . LOOK AT THE FAITH OF THE PEOPLE OF CAMEROON AND ALSO TURKEY WHO LOOKS ACROSS TO ISRAEL WITH HOPE AND FATH THAT SOMEDAY THEY SHALL ALSO SEE LORD JESUS DESCENDING FROM THE HEAVENS ABOVE AS HE WAS SEEN ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN TO BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD OUR FATHER PLEADING FOR OUR CAUSE .H OWEVER MONEY ALONE HELPED BRITAIN TO SAVE MILLIONS OF JEWS FROM THE NAZI GAS CHAMBERS . THE EVIL RAISING THEIR HEADS TODAY IS PERSONIFIED BY MILITANT MISGUIDED YOUTH BY ISLAM MILITANTS AGAINST. THE VALUES SHARED BY VALUES AND POLICIES CONTRARY TO HUMAN VALUES PERSONIFIED BY ISRAEL AND THE LEBANESE MOSELM BRETHEREN WHO ARE BUT OUR VERY OWN PEOPLE ,….WHO ARE WORSHIPPING GOD OF ABRAHAM GOD OF ISSAC AND GOD OF JACOB ….BAKRID CELEBRATED BY OUR MOSLEM AND JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN BRETHEREN AS THE FEAST OF PASSOVER CANNOT EVER BE IGNORED ANYMORE …..IN THIS YEAR OF MERCY AND JUBLEE YEAR OF COMPASSION LET US ALL UNITE TO APPRECIATE WHAT IS ISRAEL DOING SINGLEHANDED . VISIT DOCTOR MASSAN IN ISRAEL, DIRECTOR OF THE GALILEE HOSPITAL, WHO IS AN ARAB CHRISTIAN DOCTOR WHO IS BRINGING HOME TO HIS ENEMIES THE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS OF ONES ENEMIES IN REALITY; THE ENEMIES , HEALING THEM AND SAVING THE LIVES, HUMAN LIVES AS DID MOTHER TEREASA OF KOLKATTA WHOSE SAINTHOOD WE SHALL BE WITNESSING SHORTLY.

  3. SHASHI MINZ says:

    IF ANY ONE WANTS TO COME WITH ME ,HE MUST FORGET SELF , CARRY HIS CROSS , AND FOLLOW ME .FOR THIS TRUTH DID NOT COME TO YOU FROM ANY HUMAN BEING , BUT IT WAS GIVEN TO YOU DIRECTLY BY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN SAID THE KING OF THE JEWS JESUS CHRIST . INRI ; HENCE LET US REMEMBER EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE , KEEP THE LORD OUR GOD IN MIND . NEVER SIN DELIBERATELY OR DISOBEY ANY OF HIS COMMANDS . ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND NEVER GET INVOLVED IN ANYTHING EVIL . BE HONEST , AND YOU WILL SUCCEED IN WHATEVER YOU DO ….TOBIAS 4;5–6 . LET US BEHAVE PROPERLY AT ALL TIMES . NEVER DO TO ANYONE ELSE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT SOMEONE TO DO TO YOU . TOBIAS 4;15 . PRAISE AND THANK GOD UNCEASINGLY REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE .

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